2021 Ian Noble Essay Prize

The title for the 2021 Ian Noble Essay Prize is:

“Leadership in a virtual age: challenges and opportunities”

This year’s submission period closed on 10th October 2021.
Winners will be announced by the end of October.

Eligibility criteria

The HLA Essay Prize is an individual award which is open to any healthcare professionals or healthcare students across the globe. Healthcare professionals/students includes medics, dentists, allied health professionals, midwifes and nurses. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact melody@thehealthcareleadership.academy.

Prizes will be awarded within the following three categories:

  • Healthcare students
  • Healthcare professionals within five years of qualification
  • Senior Healthcare Professionals

In addition to identifying a winner out of each category, an overall winner will also be identified.

Applicants must be subscribed to The HLA (HLA Live subscription is free) and enrolled to the HLA -Medics.Academy Winter Conference (this is also free).

Submissions must not have been:

  • entered elsewhere for any other award
  • presented at national or international conferences
  • published

Submission criteria

Submissions may be up to 1,500 words in length and should use Vancouver referencing. Submit your entry to melody@thehealthcareleadership.academy by 10th October 2021 at 12 noon (GMT).

The author’s name and position should be stated underneath the title. The author should identify which of the three categories they are eligible for.

Submissions will be scored using a standardised marking scheme, considering:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Analysis
  • Use of evidence base/research
  • Structure of argument
  • Communication
  • Style
  • Novelty of ideas.


1st prize overall

The first prize overall winner will be given the opportunity to present their work at The HLA National Conference on 13th-14th November 2021, and will be presented with a certificate, as well as receiving the first prize for their category (see below).

1st prize within each category

The first prize winner within each category will be presented with a certificate. Their essay will be published through the HLA and promoted across social media. Additionally, they will receive £200 voucher for Medics.Academy courses or programmes, as well as one year’s free HLA Associate Subscription. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate on a HLA Live episode after the announcement.

The results will be announced in late October, so please keep 13th-14th November 2021 free and register for the conference.